Here: Poems for the Planet

Elizabeth J. Coleman, ed.

“This book contains many beautiful, generous poems and ideas for action. It is my heartfelt hope that they will inspire readers who ask themselves, ‘but what can I do?’ to see that there is a way forward—learning to share the earth and its resources, while taking care of it together.” from the Foreword, by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
 
Here: Poems for the Planet is a call for hope and action on behalf of a planet in crisis. Summoning a chorus of more than 125 living poets, this anthology approaches our environmental crisis with urgency and vision. The poems in Here are introduced by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and followed by an activist guide written by the Union of Concerned Scientists. Now is the time for this anthology, which galvanizes readers to address the realities of climate change and ecological peril head-on. Here looks at our fellow humans and animals, the beauty around us, and the problems we face, asking for a renewed sense of courage in place of the fear that so often leads to indifference and cynicism. Through the window of poetry, each reader is invited to see with new eyes what the astronauts saw the first time they peered down from space at our tiny Earth.

ISBN: 9781556595417

Format: Paperback

About the Editor

Elizabeth J. Coleman is a poet, public-interest attorney, environmental activist, and teacher of mindfulness. She is the editor of Here: Poems for the Planet (Copper Canyon Press, Earth Day, 2019). She is also the the author of two poetry collections, The Fifth Generation (Spuyten Duyvil Press, 2016) and Proof (Spuyten Duyvil Press, 2014), which was a finalist for the University of Wisconsin Press’s Brittingham and Pollak prizes, as well as two poetry chapbooks, Let My Ears Be Open (Finishing Line Press, 2013) and …

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“I felt, while reading it, that poetry was working is magic in me again, offering a renewed sense of faith, if not in the future, at least in the mystical power of poetry.” —Nin Andrews

“This book, Here: Poems for the Planet, contains many beautiful, generous poems and ideas for action. It is my heartfelt hope that they will inspire readers who ask themselves, ‘But what can I do?’ to see that there is a way forward—learning to share the earth and its resources, while taking care of it together.” –The Dalai Lama